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This research project looked to combine two different styles of music, which were Jamaican dub reggae and traditional Iranian music. It used dub style composition and mixing techniques with the main melodic elements written on the santur in the Iranian dastgàh tuning system. The project blended these styles of music through some common elements that they share, which were the aspects of improvisation and free-flowing arrangements. It followed the processes and techniques set out by pioneers such as King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry to achieve the sonic aims it was looking for and researched different playing styles of the santur along with the Iranian tuning system to effectively incorporate the Middle Eastern influence into the music.
This thesis looked to support the research project by studying techniques and processes commonly used in both styles of music and analysed some common characteristics that they both share. It looked at pioneers of both genres and utilised some of the techniques that they championed. A literature review was conducted to help guide the projects methodology and analysed specific outcomes as a result of using these techniques such as capturing the sonic aims of the project and utilising traditional santur playing techniques. It then analysed the project as a whole and looked at how these individual processes worked together and looked at what could be done to further progress and develop the project.